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Oscar’s Waterfront Boutique Hotel

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Please note that this guide was last updated quite a few years ago (2006), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Richard and Sally Douglas
41B Gipps Street, Port Fairy, Victoria

Tel: + 61 (0)3-5568-3022
No cell number available
Fax: + 61 (0)3-5568-3042

"Bill Bryson came to Port Fairy," the open-faced bookseller told me, "but he barely mentions it." Was it forgetfulness or selfishness that he kept this Great Ocean Road anomaly, with its charming sophistication, to himself? Suspicions redouble on seeing Oscar’s, a magnificent French Provincial hotel rising prominently from its riverside setting.....

.... It’s clearly the grandest place in town, though discreetly so. I let myself in through a private gate, revealing a lavender-lined courtyard, rose-draped gates, and a sprawl of ivy on the blue-shuttered Belfast Ice Store. I was still drinking it all in when Richard greeted me warmly and led me into the stone-tiled hall and up the sweeping staircase to my room, which overlooked the River Moyne. Unpacked and refreshed, I repaired to the drawing-room, and, amidst soft rugs and plant prints, nested in a deep armchair with a book and a few choice conversation pieces, in the event that other guests might join me. Next morning, I walked in salty air and pale sunshine past towering pines and the crayfish and abalone nets at Fisherman’s Wharf, to see the 19-century lighthouse and mutton birds on Griffiths Island. On return, breakfast had been laid out and, helping myself to a newspaper and coffee, I wandered out onto the waterside verandah. Settling at a marble table, I pored over the news, occasionally taking a moment to appreciate the harmony of distant surf and bickering seagulls; the clink of sailing masts and slop-and-splosh of the marina, while I awaited my caramelised banana hotcakes. "Eat your heart out, Bryson," I thought.

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Rooms: 6 king-size rooms and 1 suite with en/s showers.
Price: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Full cooked breakfast included. Choose from à la carte menu prepared by Oscar’s chef.
Directions: On entering Port Fairy via Princess Hwy, turn L at Bank St, Port Fairy main street. Follow until you come to a T-jct, turn R into Gipps St. Oscar’s is 500m on your left, just past Cox St, and is on river side of Gipps St.

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